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Sugar reduction and its impact on intellectual property for food and drink businesses

With consumer and regulatory attention increasingly turning to the amount of sugar contained in food and drink, manufacturers are facing new challenges. There is no doubt that this issue will continue to be central to the industry. The UK sugar tax for sweetened drinks is set to begin from April...

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Protein production, recovery and processing in food manufacture – leveraging patent rights and information from patents

Abstract The imperative to produce protein-containing nutritional foods and animal fodder to ensure food security in a sustainable manner is driving innovation, and investment in R&D. In the box of tools that companies can use to enable a return on their investment, are intellectual property rights (IPRs), including patents, trade...

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How to use (and not to use) your trade mark

The  ® symbol Once your trade mark is registered, you can use the ® symbol. It is not a requirement to use this symbol, but it can work as a useful deterrent as it flags to third parties that there is a risk of being sued for infringement if they...

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Nutraceuticals and IP – increasing your product’s longevity

Over recent years, there has been a rise within the food and drink industry in healthy alternatives, as consumers become more conscious of their diet, and more wary of what goes in to their food and drink. Health and longevity are becoming of increasing consumer concern, and associated governmental regulation...

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Cas-cading events in the IP battle over CRISPR technologies

Cas-cading events in the IP battle over CRISPR technologies On 15 February the USPTO announced its long-awaited decision regarding the CRISPR patent interference proceedings between the University of California Berkley (UCB) and the Broad Institute of MIT. The decision closes the door on an important chapter of the increasingly bitter...

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